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A primary election is an election in which people in a political party can choose their party's candidate for a future general election.

They are used in many places in the world. It started in the United States during the progressive movement. People tried to take the power of picking a candidate away from party leaders.[1]

Types

General

There are two general types of primary elections:

  • Closed primary,[2] where only people in the party can vote.
  • Open primary,[3] where anyone can vote in the primary.

References

  1. Smith, Kevin B. (2011). Governing States and Localities. Washington, D.C.: CQ Press. pp. 189–190. ISBN 978-1-60426-728-0 . 
  2. "Closed Primary Election Law & Legal Definition". USLegal.com. http://definitions.uslegal.com/c/closed-primary/. Retrieved 2012-11-07. 
  3. "Open Primary Law & Legal Definition". USLegal.com. http://definitions.uslegal.com/o/open-primary/. Retrieved 2012-11-07.